Degree classification...does it REALLY matter?

missgiggles's picture

Does it matter what degree classification you have? I mean a 1st or 2:1 or do you think too many people think too much about it, as they never get asked what classification they get in employment. Do they? At the 4 designers conference in London, they mentioned the fact that no one asks about it. Is this a good attitude to give out to students or erm...bad? WOuld just liek your views on it. Thanks.
PS isn't it the attitude, the personality, the way one thinks and the passion for design that REALLY matters or all of the above and more so? Please enlighten me.

PPS Would you rather be daring when it comes to design and fail or would you be safe and get a good grade?

blank's picture

If the client went to a different designer for his next project, or didn’t pay for all the time spent on revisions, the design was not successful

By that measure Louis Kahn is among the worst architects in history.

pattyfab's picture


To say a design was not successful is not the same thing as saying it was not good. Clients reject excellent designs all the time often for very misguided reasons. But as Ken points out we are in the business of servicing said clients and if the client doesn't get what they want we have not done our job. Sometimes the best thing to do is agree on a kill fee and walk away.

ebensorkin's picture

There are many kinds of success. Louis Kahn is one. But think of the standard american paperclip. That is one seriously successful design! If by success you mean ubiquity and such deep penetration into the culture that the design itself ceases to even invite question - almost like air. Agreeing to a kill fee and walking can be a huge success too. I am of course not advocating for any of the above per se. Just saying that inevitably you place your own goal posts and in so doing keep your own score.

.00's picture

IT is interesting to see how this thread has morphed.

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